Contact tracing shows new cases were infected by daughter in Case A family – Hipkins

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Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says contact tracing shows the two new community cases did come from the daughter in the Case A family.

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins  17/02/21

Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins this afternoon
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Hipkins told RNZ’s Checkpoint after the high amount of testing and contact tracing over the past three days they are satisfied the risk of community spread is low.

“We’re not completely out of the woods yet, we’re going to level two, we’re not going all the way down to level one, but we are confident that around the rest of the country, New Zealand can return to level one, and in Auckland we’ve still got a little bit more work to do.”

If there are more infections among known contacts of existing cases there is no cause for alarm, Hipkins says.

“If we’re seeing new cases that are not connected to our existing cases, that’s something we’ll consider differently.”

More to come…

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